What Am I Reading?

Happy Tuesday! Here is what is on my TBR list for this week! 

“A Cold Tomorrow” Point Pleasant Series, by Mae Clair

Publication: Lyrical Underground; December 20, 2016

cold-tomorrowSynopsis: Where secrets make their home…

Stopping to help a motorist in trouble, Katie Lynch stumbles upon a mystery as elusive as the Mothman legend that haunts her hometown of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Could the coded message she finds herald an extraterrestrial visitor? According to locals, it wouldn’t be the first time. And what sense should she make of her young son’s sudden spate of bizarre drawings–and his claim of a late-night visitation? Determined to uncover the truth, Katie only breaks the surface when a new threat erupts. Suddenly her long-gone ex-boyfriend is back and it’s as if he’s under someone else’s control. Not only is he half-crazed, he’s intent on murder….

As a sergeant in the sheriff’s office of the famously uncanny Point Pleasant, Officer Ryan Flynn has learned to tolerate reports of puzzling paranormal events. But single mom Katie Lynch appears to be in very real danger–and somehow Ryan’s own brother, Caden, is caught up in the madness, too. What the skeptical lawman discovers astounds him–and sends him into action. For stopping whatever evil forces are at play may just keep Katie and Caden alive….

“All the Pretty Things: The Story of a Southern Girl Who Went through Fire to Find Her Way Home,”

by Edie Wadsworth

Publication: Tyndale Momentum; September 20, 2016

all-the-prettySynopsis: “I don’t know how old I was the night the trailer burned down, or if the rumor was true that Daddy was the one who set it on fire.”

For a long time, Edie thought she had escaped. It started in an Appalachian trailer park, where a young girl dreamed of becoming a doctor. But every day, Edie woke up to her reality:a poverty-stricken world full of alcohol and violence, where getting out seemed impossible. She taught herself to drive a stick shift truck at twelve years old so she could get her drunk daddy home from the bar.  She spent Saturdays at Brushy Mountain prison visiting her incarcerated cousin.  She watched adults eat while her stomach gnawed and then there was torching of the family trailer, where she dug through the ashes to try to salvage her most prized possession–her Tammy Wynette album.
 
And at the center of it all was her charismatic daddy. She never knew when he would show up but when he did he was usually drunk; she learned the hard way that she couldn’t count on him to protect her.  So she told herself it didn’t matter.  All she wanted was to make him proud. Against all odds, Edie “made doctor,” achieving everything that had once seemed beyond her reach. Only, it was too late, because her Daddy died a year before she graduated medical school. She split the cost of his funeral with her sister. 
 
When her past finally caught up with her, it was all too much so she did what her Daddy would have done–she set it all on fire. 
 
 It would take her whole life burning down once again for Edie to be finally able to face the truth about herself, her family, and her relationship with God. Readers of The Glass Castle will treasure this refreshing and raw redemption story, a memoir for anyone who has ever hungered for home, forgiveness, and the safe embrace of a father’s love.

“Everything You Want Me to Be,” by Mindy Mejia

Publication: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; January 3, 2017

 

everythingSynopsis: Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to her death.

High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers. It seems that Hattie’s acting talents ran far beyond the stage. Told from three points of view—Del, Hattie, and the new English teacher whose marriage is crumbling—Everything You Want Me to Be weaves the story of Hattie’s last school year and the events that drew her ever closer to her death.

“Mapping the Glades,” by David Burton

Publication: July 8, 2016

mapping

Synopsis: A stolen million.
A gangster who wants it back.
A reclusive writer who doesn’t give a damn.

Mapping the Glades is a fast-paced thriller set in the Everglades. An Ex-DEA agent, now a successful writer, is forced to go after a desperate California gangster.

Ex-DEA agent, Harrison Park, now a successful writer who has lived in virtual seclusion on the edge of the Everglades for three years since the suspicious death of his wife. Trouble arrives with his step-son, Pauly, who Harrison believes was involved in his wife’s death. With Pauly is his girlfriend, Tracy, who has stolen money from a California gangster, Raul Geoshay.

As Harrison reluctantly allows himself to be drawn in to protect Pauly and Tracy from Geoshay, he is helped by Carmen, an attractive Cuban woman whose family he helped rescue years ago. When Carmen’s beautiful younger sister is attacked, and her boyfriend murdered, the search for Geoshay becomes personal.

As Geoshay’s actions and Harrison’s search for him become more intense, Harrison learns the awful secret of his wife’s family and how she really died. He and Carmen grow closer. In the final confrontation with Geoshay in the Everglades he begins to see her as an attractive, strong woman who can help him live a full life again.

 

Happy reading and have a great week! 

 

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